Category Archives: Author Tools & Resources

January Blog Post Replay: 11 ways to make the most of your book signing

  Nothing scares most authors more than the first book signing. What if no-one shows? Will people take me seriously? What am I going to talk about? I have to have my picture taken? Here are some tips to help the signing go smoothly, and also to stretch the value of this awesome opportunity as far as possible. Book signings are not all about
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How to Use Your Kindle to Self Edit Your Self-Published Book: Guest post from Matthew Turner

Today’s guest post comes from Matthew Turner, who is the author of the new book Beyond Parallel (which sounds great! I love the premise of the Sliding Doors type love story).  The 30 Day Books blog usually focuses on marketing and promotions tips, but I feel very, very strongly about having a well-edited book way as the groundwork of your promotions. Self-editing doesn’t replace editing by a
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Getting to Grips with Goodreads: 6 actionable ideas

Today is 12-12-12. How cool is that! Once in a lifetime, right? :) Today’s quick tip is about Goodreads.com. It’s THE social network for readers and writers (think a literary Facebook), but do you know how to make the most of the site’s features?   Or are you just stumbling around like a headless chicken?   That’s ok, many of us are. It’s not the
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Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book

Note: Today’s post is a special one – a Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, New York Times Bestseller, co-founder of Alltop.com and former chief evangelist for Apple. Guy has published both traditionally and independently. His new book, released today, is called Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book. In the Q&A I ask him about his experience with self-publishing, and his thoughts on
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Creating blog posts & promo materials with Piktochart

I’m a visual person (hello, Pinterest!), so infographs and charts always grab my attention. They can be a great way to display content to your readers about your book, your self, or a theme from your book. This can be especially effective for non-fiction books, but there’s plenty of room to get creative with fiction too. I came across this great tool to help you
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10 things I’m thankful for as an author (with resources)

Happy Thanksgiving! As I mentioned in my newsletter earlier this week, it’s my third Thanksgiving in the US and I am really growing to love this holiday. And while I don’t really talk about it much on this blog, one of my big loves is the psychology of happiness. I have piles and piles of books on the topic and am subscribed to a
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The KDP Select blogposts every author should read

KDP Select has been one of the most widely debated and divided issues in self-publishing this year. A lot of the authors I have worked with have used it, and seen great results. But we didn’t make the decision to enter it lightly, and we spent hours preparing for it to ensure it’s success counterbalanced the negatives involved in entering the program. Bigger picture
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Yo Laura! How Do I Get More Traffic to My Website?

You know how you find yourself answering the same questions over and over? Well two questions I get asked all the time are:   1. “What are the best local coffee shops in XYZ city?” and 2. “How the heck do I get more traffic to my website or blog?”   Pull up a chair and I’ll happily rattle off a tried and tested list
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Your burning questions about taxes on book royalties answered! Self-Published Author Taxes Q&A with ‘Money Girl’ Laura Adams

Okay okay guys I don’t want to freak you out with that horrid word that begins with T and ends in X. But… Somewhere along the line we all need to think about it. Them. The T word thing. Yuk!     I, for one, am not a fan. But I figure that we’re all in this together, right? So I invited the lovely and
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It’s the Official Authorlicious Announcement!

Hi there. Today is a good day. A very good day. I will be celebrating with a glass of something fizzy tonight! Because… today we are officially introducing the Authorlicious website theme! If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you may have read about our “list launch” in August. Well today we are taking it PUBLIC. Q. So what is Authorlicious? A. A WordPress Theme for self-published
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